When my grandma brought over a box of matchbooks from her travels last month, I found one from a Hong Kong restaurant called the Golden Crown.
I’d never heard of it.
With a Nathan Road address in Tsim Sha Tsui, it must have closed by the time I got to Hong Kong in the 90s. My grandma didn’t remember anything about the restaurant. The matchbox cover didn’t shed any light either; it was pretty nondescript.
But then my friend Vanessa sent me this photo of the Golden Crown.
What a beauty! I love the hanging lanterns and wonder how they ever survived the typhoons and severe rain storms that swept into the territory every year. The window detailing is beautiful, too.
It’s said that Bruce Lee hung out at the Golden Crown and even used it in one of his movies.